The Public Appointments Committee (PAC) will on Monday next week interview Mr Hilary Chilomba who has been nominated by President Lazarus Chakwera to head the country’s Anti-Corruption Bureau.
“Yes PAC will have to confirm him. We have scheduled his interview for Monday 2pm,” said PAC Chairperson Joyce Chitsulo.
Chilombas appointment has stirred a litany of allegations on social media and our Investigator Magazine has found that he has had a colourful and controversial legal career in institutions he has worked.
Chilomba if confirmed he will be returning to the ACB where he unceremoniously left years ago when issues bordering misuse of benefits emerged.
ACB sources have promised a full dossier on Chilomba this week.
From ACB, Chilomba made it to the Malawi Human Rights Commission where he resigned unceremoniously after allegedly failing to instigate a rebellion on promotions.
“He was a legal officer and he couldn’t write legal opinion. He resigned in April 2022 and joined the Copy Right Society of Malawi,” said a source at the HMRC.
MCP sources indicate that he is a loyalist and his appointment would mean President Chakwera is seeking to control the ACB after failing to tame the incumbent Director Martha Chizuma.
“President Chakwera and his government are proper definition of mediocrity in practice. No wonder every appointment is basically regionalistic or family and friends,” fumed one of the lawyers who called the appointment “an insult to any sans Malawian.”
Chilomba did not answer our questions sent to his WhatsApp number.